Angeline has been invited to teach a class on writing horror May 4-5 at this year’s DFW Writers’ Conference. She’ll be exploring the world of genre fiction with her class, GOING AGAINST THE GRAIN: WRITING HORROR. Here’s the manifest:
Horror masquerades in the form of many other genres. Publishers market it under a variety of labels in order to entice readers reluctant to embrace the horrific. The genre slapped onto the spine of a book might read Suspense, Thriller, or the all- encompassing, somewhat vague, “Fiction”; but no matter how the work is dressed up, beneath those marketing ploys, it still remains Horror. How is horror defined? What is the motivation for writing and reading a genre that oozes pervading fear, creeps shivers over your flesh, and forces you to double-check your locked doors? How has the small/independent press kept horror alive in a market of sub-genres looking to take a softer approach at the cycle of good and evil, life and death? Angeline Hawkes’s class, GOING AGAINST THE GRAIN: WRITING HORROR will explore the roots of Horror, the need to write it, and what to do with that manuscript once its been bloodily birthed from your mind and keyboard.